Meet Our Masterclass Speaker

Silke Goldberg

Silke has over 20 years’ experience of working in the energy sector, 16 of which as a lawyer advising clients in relation to gas, power and climate change issues internationally. 

She advises clients on all aspects of European and UK energy law and regulations. She has long standing experience in electricity and gas trading arrangements and has advised interconnectors and other transmission and distribution system operators. She is the editor of the European Energy Handbook and regularly Y N 11/66493922_3 4 publishes on aspects of energy and climate change law. 

Silke is a solicitor qualified in Germany, England and France and a member of the Irish Law Society. She is a professor at Queen Mary University where she teaches EU energy law. She advises in English, French, German and Dutch.


  • a number of clients in relation to corporate governance and directors’ duties in relation to climate change;
  • a confidential client in relation to its corporate climate change strategy; 
    a confidential client in relation to the climate change investigation by the Philippines Human Rights Commission;
  • Drax in relation to carbon pricing policies of the UK and EU;
  • numerous European utilities clients (e.g. RWE, Dalkia, Chevron) in relation to emission trading and related compliance aspects; 
    Legal Response International in connection with the UNFCCC negotiations for the Paris Agreement and its implementation;
  • the Governments of Kenya and Nepal in relation to their national implementation legislation of the Paris Agreement; 
  • MagMinerals in relation to the Kouilou greenfield potash and infrastructure project in the Republic of Congo, the application of the Kyoto Protocol, the accreditation of a related CD


  • “The ethical contribution of the EU’s ESG disclosure regime”, a book chapter in “Energy and Ethics”, E. Elgar (forthcoming in 2021);
  • Climate Change: Dutch Court of Appeal upholds the decision of the Hague District Court in Urgenda Foundation v Kingdom of the Netherlands, HSF Public International Law blog;
  • “Gesetz für den Ausbau erneuerbarer Energien – Vor §1 Vorbemerkungen: Bedeutung der Erneuerbaren Energien in Europa”, in: Greb/Boewe (eds) Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz Kommentar, Beck Verlag 2018;
  • “Les droits de lhomme – nouvel enjeu du contentieux climatique”, Juriste dentreprise , Magazine No 30, 2018 (with Stéphane Brabant); 
    Lord, Richard; Goldberg, Silke et al “Climate Change Liability: Transnational Law and Practice”, Cambridge University Press 2012; and
  • “Climate Change” chapter in “Burnett – Hall on Environmental Law”, Sweet & Maxwell 2012.


  • Energy Lawyer of the Year (2020, Legal500); “Leading Individual” and “perfectly attuned to the development of European energy regulation and practice” (UK Legal500)
  • The Lawyer hot 100 (2021) “Goldberg is the ideal person for the job: an energy lawyer of two decades’ standing, she has a particular specialism in advising on climate change, renewable energy and the energy transition. Last year she acted on a landmark energy transition deal: BP’s strategic partnership with Equinor for the development of US offshore wind for $1.1bn, and advised an international mining company on its climate change strategy and many other companies on climate change-related risks and opportunities.”